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Cigar case with gilt frame and monogram used by Charles Dickens

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Object number (per part)

DH372, 1933.450

Object name (per part)

cigar case

Label

This cigar box was used by Charles Dickens. It is made of leather on a metal, gilt frame with a gold 'CD' monogram on the front. An inscription on the metal plate reads: 'A Souvenir of Happy Memories/ Rustling above the dusty growth of years/ COME back GREEN LEAVES of yesterday/ A thought from Nicholas Nickleby/ Ch. 49'. Dickens was given the case before he left for North America in 1842. The lining includes a stamp by Asser and Sherwin, indicating the lining may have been altered at a later date. After Dickens's death, Georgina Hogarth gifted the case to his doctor, Frank Beard.

Physical description

The cigar case is oval in shape and made from hard leather on a metal, gilt frame. It features a gold monogram of the initials 'CD' on the front. On the reverse side is a decoratively shaped metal plate with an inscription which reads: 'A Souvenir of Happy Memories/ Rustling above the dusty growth of years/ COME back REEN LEAVES of yesterday/ A thought from Nicholas Nickleby/ Ch. 49'.

Inscription content

A Souvenir of Happy Memories/ Rustling above the dusty growth of years/ COME back REEN LEAVES of yesterday/ A thought from Nicholas Nickleby/ Ch. 49

Inscription description

The inscription is engraved on a metal plate which is attached to the reverse side of the case.
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